OGDEN (ABC4 Utah) A big announcement Tuesday is great news for air travelers in Northern Utah and also a reflection of the growing economy in Ogden.
Allegiant Airline is adding two more destinations out of the Ogden-Hinckley Airport in addition to the route it’s been flying for the past 4 years to Mesa, Arizona.
“The routes that we’re going to begin flying,” Allegiant’s Eric Fletcher told the crowd “are non stop from Ogden to Las Vegas and Los Angeles via the LAX Airport.”
News greeted by a very happy Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell. “It’s a great new tool in our economic tool box,” he says. “We’re very excited about opening these new routes.”
Twice a week service from Ogden to LAX begins October 5 and to Las Vegas on November 17th. Introductory rates will be as low as $35 each way to L.A. And $45 each way to Vegas. The flights will either be on Thursday and Sunday or Friday and Monday.
Mayor Caldwell says the convenience of the airport helps to lure both businesses and tourists to town and that is great economic news.
Ogden airport officials claim you can park your car for $3 a day, then get your boarding pass and be at the gate in just 20 minutes from start to finish. And the average wait to get through TSA security is 2 minutes.
That convenience is one reason current Allegiant flights to Mesa are 90% full on average. Caldwell says it’s not just good for business and local flyers, it also means that more tourists are coming here and spending money.
“We have 3 ski resorts within a 20 minute drive of the downtown,” says Caldwell. “You’ve got access to hundreds of miles of trails. We do a lot of special events to drive visitors in.”
And Allegiant officials are obviously happy with the business they’re doing from Ogden. “The flights we’ve operated have been successful.” Allegiant’s Eric Fletcher adds “we’ve seen that passengers in the Ogden area love getting a great deal. We think Allegiant is a great match for the community.”
He predicts the airline will serve 65,000 people out of Ogden next year with the new routes.
Convenience and price are two reasons regional airports like Ogden, Provo and St. George are growing so quickly.
The next step out of Ogden could be service to the San Francisco Bay area and San Diego if the two new routes this year prove to be successful.